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Volunteer Opportunities

Santa Cruz Little League is an entirely volunteer-run organization. WE NEED YOUR HELP to ensure a great experience for our kids. Please find a role that interests you, and raise your hand. Reach out to anyone on the Board of Directors to find out more. 

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can apply to become a volunteer. Whatever talents or skills you have, we can use them! All parents of children involved in Little League Baseball are strongly encouraged to volunteer.

When you apply to become a volunteer, you give SCLL the right to conduct necessary background checks. On rare occasions, the league may deny individuals the privilege of volunteering for reasons, past or present, that may be detrimental to the players and the league. 

What can I volunteer to do?

No experience is required to become a volunteer. Most of the volunteer opportunities require little or no training. SCLL will provide you with any necessary training (as well as lots of support and encouragement). What you see during games is a mere fraction of what you can do as a volunteer. You can volunteer to help in virtually any aspect of the league. See the list of some of the volunteer roles below. 

How can I become a volunteer?

Anyone planning to set foot on the baseball field or help with the team in any capacity must be cleared as a volunteer. This includes managers, coaches, team parents, scorekeepers, game coordinators, and parents who help in any way during a practice or game.

SCLL strongly encourages all adults affiliated with a team to complete the volunteer application. You never know when you might need to step up and help!

It's easy to get started. You can: 

1.) Fill out the quick and easy volunteer application while you are registering your player. You can indicate your interest in one or several volunteer positions. Please sign up for positions in every division for which you are interested in volunteering.

2.) If you aren't registering a player but still want to volunteer, you can fill out an application anytime by hitting the "Sign Up" button above and selecting from the the available volunteer opportunities.

Once you complete the application you'll be notified by JDP, the official background screening partner of Little League International. The SCLL Volunteer Coordinator will also reach out to anyone who needs to complete the Live Scan fingerprinting process. 

Background Checks

Santa Cruz Little League is required to do two types of background checks on all volunteers.

1.) Annual background check

Little League International requires its local leagues to annually conduct a nationwide background check on its volunteers as part of its Child Protection Program. Parents and anyone else interested in volunteering must annually complete, sign, and submit a Little League Volunteer Application along with a government-issued photo ID to SCLL in order for the league to conduct a full criminal background check and other state requirements.

This is required for all potential managers, coaches, local Board members, and any other persons, volunteers, and/or hired workers who provide regular services to SCLL or who have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams.

SCLL uses an online background check service (JDP) and you will be emailed a personal link to start the process. 

2.) One-time background check with fingerprinting

In 2023, California passed a new law requiring all adult volunteers (age 18 and older) in contact with a youth to complete a Live Scan background check (the digital version of inked fingerprinting). Every organization requires its own Live Scan check, so even if you have done Live Scan for a different organization you will still need to complete it for Santa Cruz Little League. However, you only need to do this once for SCLL, and SCLL pays the cost. 

The Live Scan fingerprinting process only takes a few minutes. SCLL will provide opportunities to complete your Live Scan at events such as our player evaluations and opening day. We will also provide details on how you can complete it at a time that is convenient for you. Our Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to all volunteers who need to complete this.  

All applicants subject to a criminal record check will have their fingerprints retained by the CA DOJ and searched against other fingerprints on file, including latent fingerprints. All applicants have a right to obtain a copy of their criminal history record, if any. An applicant has the right to challenge the accuracy and completeness of their criminal history record and to obtain a determination as to the validity of their record before the agency makes a final determination concerning their eligibility for adoption, employment, certification, licensing, or permitting.

Volunteer online training courses

Little League Diamond Leader Training 
A free Little League International educational resource that provides coaches with an understanding of the impact that mental, social, and emotional well-being has in youth sports.  Required annually.  (Tip: When creating an account, search for "Santa Cruz LL" as the league name.)

Abuse Awareness for Adults - Registration steps
Free training offered by USA Baseball. Required annually for all Volunteers.
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